I may or may not be madly in love with this book.
Don’t even try to talk sense in to me. I love it.
Oh, where do I even begin to talk about WDMR? With the effortless relatablesness of both Dimple and Rishi (and even Celia and Ashish and Tree #3?) With the slow yet interesting premise, plot, and execution? With the humor? Or with the fact that I am surprising even myself with loving a contemporary this much?
This is a fantastic rom-com. The jokes are actually funny. The romance is cute. It just works, you know? Dimple and Rishi are perfect, together and apart.
[actual rating: 4.5*] okay, go on.
The side characters are fleshed out. What I always consider a strong point in a book is that if I suddenly wanted to pick a random character, say.. Celia (Dimple’s friend and roommate), and have her narrate or see her separate story, I would definitely not be bored. See? This gives the story so much more life, and flexibility, and dynamism. Love love love this.
The way Indian culture is infused within the story is simple and easy to follow if reading about this culture is new to you. Which, for me, is new. And yet, this wasn’t hard for me to follow at all. Its interesting. It’s authentic. It’s refreshing. And that’s what makes it awesome.
If it’s that great, Nina, you say, then why did you knock half a star off the rating?. Ugh, you noticed. Well, if you must know, this isn’t a solid 5-starer for me because the romance, while cute and sweet and all, sometimes bordered on.. mushy. There were those I-looked-into-her-gorgeous-eyeballs
-and-saw-a-mini-girly-version-of-my-soul-reflected-there-and-it-was-winking-flirtatiously-at-me lines. (Okay, I realize that is NOT romantic at all. But, well, you know. You get my point [I hope]). But, as you realize, this wasn’t enough for me to dock a full star off. So you might enjoy it just fine.
Anyways. Back to positives.
Dimple’s determination and high standards and Rishi’s gentleness and sense of pride of his culture gives each character a full 360-degree viewing angle. At the end of the book, it feels like you know each of them, see? It’s like their actual friends of yours; you’ve sat in a conversations with them and know how their mind works and what upsets them and what makes them happy. Hands down, best characterization I’ve seen in a LONG. TIME.
I.. I don’t know what else to add except: GET THIS FANTASTIC BOOK WHEN IT COMES OUT. READ IT. JOIN ME IN FLAILING OVER IT.
Trust me, guys.
Thank you, Simon&Schuster, for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!